States fight back against short-term health plans

State regulators are resisting urges by HHS to push short-term health plans after the Trump administration expanded their availability, The Hill reported. Critics argue the plans, which aren’t required to follow Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements, are “junk insurance” that offer few protections for consumers.

HHS has peddled the plans as a cheaper alternative for Americans needing temporary insurance options.

The administration recently finalized a rule to expand the plans to 12 months, from a previous period of three months, with renewal options to 36 months.

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